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Where Do You Stand on ICD-10?
Kathryn Mackenzie, Technology Editor

The government's proposed three-year timeline to replace the ICD-9-CM code sets, currently used to report healthcare diagnoses and procedures, with ICD-10-CM code sets is causing a stir among some in the medical community who say the switch will cost millions in additional IT and operational expenses. [Read More]
 
September 9, 2008  
 
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ICD-10 Woes: Robert Tennant, senior policy advisor with MGMA, discusses the CMS proposed timeline for implementing the ICD-10 code set and explains the administrative burden it could place on medical practices. [Listen Now]
 
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